Even as a little kid giving to others has always given me great joy. As an adult I still have the joy of giving in my heart, and I think our society would be so much better off if we taught people how to foster that. I know so many people, including some who I am very close to, who get grumpy around the holidays and express that they feel it’s a burden to have to buy others gifts.
Now I am of the mind that if you feel obligated it is no longer a gift, it’s an obligation. Also, there are so many ways to give, and many of them have nothing to do with spending money or even giving physical items.
So in the spirit of fostering the joy of giving, I want to spend the month of December concentrating on giving. I will sharing all sorts of things pertaining to giving both here on the blog and on my social media. And I wanted to get this started off by giving back to all of you. I have a few different giveaways planned. But I wanted to start here on the blog. I thought for a while about what I wanted to do a giveaway with, and I decided I really wanted to give you all the chance to try the dress I recently shared.
The winner will be able to choose the size and color option out of the current available offerings.
I will also be giving away to a second place winner a sheet mask set.
The second place winner will receive all of the sheet masks pictured above. They are a combination of various masks I have been sent boxes of to try this year, as well as a few I couldn’t use because of my allergy (no point in letting them go to waste when one of you lovelies could use them).
Both of these giveaways are open to residents of the US, Canada, and the UK. (Unfortunately I can not guarantee delivery before Christmas for the Canada and UK entries)
I am doing my giveaways a little different this year, trying to make it simple for all of you. I am not using the app this year, you don’t have to sign into anything this year. So how do you enter?
Simply leave a comment on this post telling me something that is on your Christmas wish list this year. For an extra entry share this post on Facebook or Twitter (your post must be a public post so I can verify the entry) and tag My Plus Size Life in your post. Make sure to leave a way for me to contact you in your comment if you are the winner. This can be an email address, a social media handle, etc.)
You will have until the 14th of December to enter, and a winner will be announced on the 15th. If there is no way to contact the name drawn or if I don’t have a response within 48 hours a new winner will be drawn.
I will also be doing some giveaways on my various social media accounts over the next week. So make sure you are following me on all of those.
I have some great things coming up, both here on the blog and on my various social media platforms, before the end of the year. I wanted to give you all a little heads up on some of the things I have planned.
First, starting tomorrow (11/29/17), I will be posting various giveaways on my social media. All giveaways will be done and mailed out in time to reach you for Christmas. Here are just some of the things that will be given away:
This is just a few of the items being given away. Additional items will be included with these giveaways, some will be surprises and some won’t. There may even be more than four giveaways. Each giveaway will on a single social media channel. So make sure you are following me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This is the one and only announcement about these giveaways outside of the actual giveaway. These are not sponsored giveaways, they are a combination of items I purchased to use for this and items that were sent from some affiliate companies that were preview items. When I do these types of giveaways it is my way of saying thank you for being loyal readers and followers.
In addition to the giveaways, I also have a lot planned for the blog over the next few weeks. I certainly hope I can get everything up in time for you. You should expect to see a Holiday look book, as well as a few other styled posts after the holidays. I am also working on “The best beauty gifts under $30” as well as a “Splurge Worthy Beauty Gift Guide”. And after the new year I will have some more makeup reviews. I have some new subscription box reviews, including Instacandy coming soon. And there is so much more.
Another bit of news, I recently got invited to the Amazon Influencer program. What does this change for all of you? Not a lot really, but it does mean that a lot of my favorite things I share with you that I find on Amazon can now be found in one convenient place. You can find the list at https://www.amazon.com/shop/karenmsmith77. I will try to periodically update this list.
Let me know in the comments if there is anything you would like to see on the blog.
After sharing those pictures on my Instagram feed Multi-Sac contacted me and asked if they could send me some things to share with all of my readers. Not only that, but as you might have gathered from the title, I’m not just showing you the purses. That’s right, one lucky reader will win a handbag from Multi-Sac.
But before we get to the actual giveaway I want to talk a little bit about why I like Multi-Sac handbags as well as how to choose the best one for you.
I got my first Multi-Sac a little over a year and a half ago. The first one I bought was the Multi Flare Crossbody Bag in Cognac. I initially chose this bag because I was looking for a bag to use on a trip I was going on. I wanted something that was both functional but that also still looked stylish. When I cam across the Multi-Sac handbags I was instantly drawn in by the way it looked, but I also loved how many compartments this bag had. I really like a crossbody style when traveling as well. I think it gives you the ability to really control access to your belongings if you wear them correctly. And with the Multi Flare Crossbody Bag it is also big enough to hold a Ipad or whatever tablet you use. For me this is a big selling point in a bag, especially for one I want for air travel. I found myself using the bag not only for when I traveled but for a lot of my everyday life. I ended up using my first bag so much it started to fall apart. The bag I showed in my recent post is my second one, and it was bought just before vacation.
Multi Flare Handbag in Cognac
There are some things to consider, other than just what aesthetics you like, when it comes to choosing which Multi-Sac Handbag is right for you. Do you want it strictly for travel/to use when going to work/going to festivals? What will you be using it for? How much do you need to carry with you? How heavy are the items you are going to be carrying with you? Do you need to be able to carry your tablet in it?
Multi-Sac Handbags come in several styles, fabric selection, sizes, and handle styles that will all play a part in your selection. Anything large enough to carry a tablet will be marked on their website in the description of each handbag. They are available in styles from mini bags to backpacks.
Look at handle style and placement for how much weight each handbag can carry. Multi-Sac makes handbags with a variety of strap styles. The two bags I have purchase from them for myself are at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Starting with bags like the Multi Flare Handbag, they have one thin strap sewn on the interior lining, they will have a lighter weight limit. Styles go all the way up to bags like the Reflex Tote, where they have two very thick handle straps sewn onto the exterior material. This will make it capable of carrying a much heavier weight. But Multi-Sac offers handbags in all sorts of strap types that are in between these two. At the end of the day no matter which handbag you pick from Multi-Sac, I am sure you will love it as much as I do mine.
And now I am sure you all anxious to hear about the bag that is actually being given away. One person will win this brand new three tone Multi Flare Handbag. In fact it is so new it’s not even out in stores yet, at least this color combo isn’t. If I understood the note attached correctly it is due out sometime next month. And I believe this color combo is Warm Taupe, Chino, and Sand.
Front Of The 3 Tone Multi Flare Handbag
Back Of The 3 Tone Multi Flare Handbag
So if you win this bag, you will be one of the first people to have it. You can visit Multi-Sac’s website for the specs on the Multi Flare Handbag, you just won’t see this exact color since it isn’t available yet.
A Few Notes About Entering The Giveaway:
Please note that the giveaway is open to US residents only.
The first three entries are required, if you do not complete all of the first three entries (and they must be done correctly) you will not be entered in the giveaway. They aren’t anything difficult or time-consuming. I only ask that you leave a comment on this blog post and follow both me and Multi-Sac on Instagram. All other possible entries are optional but will give you extra chances to win if you choose to do them. And one option can be done daily for extra entries into the giveaway.
In the past people have been confused about where to leave the blog comment. You must leave it in the comment section on the actual blog post (not one of the pages the blog feed appears on). Also the Rafflecopter box is not where you comment, you must scroll to the bottom of the blog post to find the comment section. In the Rafflecopter box you only need to post done or your name or something so that it counts you as posting a comment. If you are not seeing a comment box when you scroll down but instead see other blog post, you are on one of my web pages and not the actual post. Try clicking on the title of the post and it will take you to the right place to comment.
Last day to enter will be 10/25/17. Winners will be announced on various social media accounts as well as here on the Rafflecopter box by 10/27/17. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If winners do not claim their prizes within 48 hours a new winner will be drawn.
Welcome back everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I personally worked a lot this weekend, but I was still able to sneak some time in with friends and family.
Everyone knows how much I love a giveaway here on my blog. This giveaway though is something extra special and very dear to my heart for a few reasons. First, this is the first clothing giveaway I have done here on the blog with a strictly plus size store. Second, I couldn’t be happier to say that it’s with City Chic. I have said many times they are one of my favorite plus size stores to shop and how I love their customer service. And to top it all off they are being super generous and are giving two of you dear readers $250 gift vouchers.
I have shared a lot of looks from City Chic over the last few years. As a matter of fact if you have been following my #AllDressApril journey, then you know that I also have shared a few this month. And I have a few more planned for later this month too, so keep watching for great ideas of what to purchase from City Chic. But I thought instead of making you search through all of my posts looking for City Chic pieces, I put together a little lookbook for you to see here.
Rainbow Robin Dress
Hot Summer Days Printed Chiffon Maxi Dress
Kitty Kat Top
Spliced Skater Dress
Lace Up Stripe Sleeveless Dress
Faux Fur Vest
Paris Date Peplum Top
Baby Peplum Top
This is really just the tip of the iceberg of what I have from City Chic. And I will be showing much more this month on my Instagram for #AllDressApril. So if you want to see what other dresses from City Chic look like on a plus size body, make sure you check out my Instagram feed.
A Few Notes About Entering The Giveaway:
Please note that the giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only.
The first three entries are required, if you do not complete all of the first three entries (and they must be done correctly) you will not be entered in the giveaway. All other entries are optional but will give you extra chances to win.
There will be a couple of extra entry options added a couple of days after the giveaway begins as well as options to Tweet every day. So if you are seeing this on the first day, make sure you check back for extra entries.
In the past people have been confused about where to leave the blog comment. You must leave it in the comment section on the actual blog post (not one of the pages the blog feed appears on). Also the Rafflecopter box is not where you comment, you must scroll to the bottom of the blog post to find the comment section. In the Rafflecopter box you only need to post done or your name or something so that it counts you as posting a comment.
Last day to enter will be 4/30/17. Winners will be announced on various social media accounts as well as here on the Rafflecopter box on 5/1/17. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If winners do not claim their prizes within 48 hours a new winner or winners will be drawn.
So a few weeks ago two lovely ladies approached me with an offer. LuLaRoe representatives Jessica Bartell and Beckie McGonagle contacted me and asked me if I would like to try some clothing from LuLaRoe and do a review and giveaway. I had never had a chance to try LuLaRoe before, and if there are two things you guys have learned about me by now you should know how much I love trying out new brands to share and giveaways. So of course I said yes. If you want to learn more about their LuLaRoe business you can find them on their main Facebook Page and you can also ask to join their VIP Shopping Group.
While I had not had a chance to try out LuLaRoe before I had heard a bit about them, but I found there was quite a bit I did not know. Actually I am pretty sure there is still a lot I don’t know. But for those of you who are completely new to LuLaRoe I will share what I can to help you understand more about them. The majority of buying opportunities you will have come through what they call pop up shops. They are essentially like Tupperware parties, but with clothes. You get the opportunity to try on different pieces and see what fits you. However some consultants have ways for you to buy online like Jessica and Beckie do. I am told that each pattern that is created is only made in 5,000 pieces to assure that you don’t see a bunch of people wearing the same thing that you are. And each consultant has different pieces and patterns to choose from.
But back to the main story. Beckie and Jessica sent me some size charts and I consulted some people that had previously tried on LuLaRoe. After much deliberation I decided on the sizes I thought would fit me best. I will make sure to share the size charts with you all along with the items I tried. I will say this was the one area I found most difficult as their size charts are not measurement based but instead based on sizes. This worked fine for two of the three pieces I was sent, but if I had not spoken to other people who had worn the clothing I probably would have ended up with the wrong size in the third piece. This is not really a problem for most people who have had a chance to try them on in person at parties, but as I said I had no had a chance to try LuLaRoe before.
I was sent three pieces to try. I was sent The Perfect T, The Leggings, and The Nicole Dress. In the tee I chose the XL, in the leggings I got the Tall & Curvy size, and for the Nicole Dress I went with the 2XL. For comparison my usual size in most traditional plus size stores like Torrid and Lane Bryant is a 2X or a 20W. My measurements are Bust: 49″ Waist: 42″ and Hips: 54″. And I wear a 40DDD/G bra depends on the brand and how its made.
First lets take a look at the dress. I was sent the Nicole dress. And I tried this in the 2XL. This is the item that I was glad I consulted someone else about sizing rather than going by the size guide provided. If you want to see a size chart for the Nicole Dress click here.
There is so much I love about this dress. The color, pattern, style, those are all me. My one and only complaint about this dress is not really a big thing. Its really just the fabric. In general the fabric is okay, I don’t think it feels bad or anything. Its just a textured fabric. Lots of places have it right now. It seems to be very in. I really avoid it mainly because I have long haired cats. Their hair tends to grip onto this type of fabric like a vice. However I did ask questions, and I was assured that all of their dresses, tops, and skirts come in multiple fabric choices. I would definitely want to take a look at items they have in some other fabrics. But overall I would rate this four stars out of five.
Next lets take a look at the two separates I was sent, the Perfect T and the Leggings. I got the Perfect T in a size XL and you can see the size chart here. And the Leggings I tried in the Tall & Curvy size. You can see the Leggings size chart here. With these two items I wanted to show you them paired together (which I assume they were in a way intended for me to try them that way) and separately as I would actually use them.
First let’s look at the two pieces together, and then I will give you my thoughts on the items and show them styled separately.
When I took the Perfect T out of the package, I have to be honest and say I was a little apprehensive. The pattern was okay, but the colors just didn’t appeal to me offhand and the cut I was just sure was going to make me look one to two size larger than I am. I have had similar cuts that always seem to make me look pregnant. But this is why I always encourage people to try things on even if its something that is outside of your comfort zone or something you think isn’t your color or cut. You just never know till you try. So once I put it on I really loved the top. It is probably my favorite thing sent. It is both comfortable and figure flattering. I could definitely see myself purchasing more of these in the future. Overall I would rate the Perfect T five out of five stars.
The Leggings I feel a little more torn about and I will have to explain to you why. How many times have you heard those online arguments about whether leggings should be worn as pants or not? Most of those arguments arise because there are actually two types of leggings in the world. There are leggings like this which once they are on thin out and slight hints of your skin are visible, and then there are thicker fully opaque leggings. This particular type I personally would never wear out in public as actual pants, and I sometimes have a hard time even considering them leggings, to me they are more like footless tights. I wear them more in the fall and winter under skirts and dresses. I also think they are a little long in the leg for me. So I don’t dislike them, that is not the issue. I think if I view them as footless tights I would probably give them four stars out of five, but if I think of them as actual leggings I would have to make it more like three stars out of five. But again, with the exception of the length these are really more about personal preferences. Nothing bad to report about these.
Now I want to share with you how I would actually style these two pieces separately.
I think the most obvious thing is that the colors look so much different paired with these other clothes. And its not one of those things where it looks different because of the lighting. It looked different in person as well, even inside.
Overall, I have to say my first impressions of LuLaRoe are good. I want to say thank you so much to both Jessica and Beckie. I know it is incredibly hard to pick out clothing to try and suit other people’s tastes, especially when you don’t know them. I personally have tried a couple of those styling boxes where they pick out clothing for you and have never had success. These two ladies did a much better job in the first try.
Now on to the fun stuff, the Giveaway!
These two ladies want to give one of my lucky readers a $50 gift card. So yay!! The gift card is only usable with specifically them, and the giveaway is only available to residents of the US or APO addresses outside the US.
As usual there are a couple of required tasks you must complete to be entered, but there are also lots of other tasks that are optional to help you earn extra entries.
Entry to the giveaway will end on December 12 at midnight. After verification of entry the winner will be contacted no later than December 14th. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize, if at that time the prize is not claimed we will move to the next name drawn.
Attention: Just a note, with previous giveaways there has been confusion regarding where to comment. The comments must be left at the bottom of this page, not in the Rafflecopter box. In the Rafflecopter box you only need to say something like commented or done. You are also welcome to copy the same comment you left on this page, but it isn’t necessary.